Parkland Press

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NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Schnecksville Fire Company cooking breakfast in pavilion

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Schnecksville Fire Company will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the pavilion from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 5.

Menu includes any style eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, homemade chipped beef, applesauce, toast and beverages.

The fire company is working to restore the building since the roof collapsed earlier this year and damaged much of what was inside.

The fire hall will need new trusses and roof, new heating and air-conditioning, new kitchen appliances and a handicapped accessible bathroom.

Election Day voting on Nov. 7 will take place in the pavilion.


Two openings, 3 candidates for South Whitehall board

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Incumbent Christina “Tori” Morgan has cross-filed for re-election to a four-year seat as South Whitehall Township commissioner.

Thomas Johns, also an incumbent, is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket, and Mark Pinsley is waging a campaign on the Democratic side of the ticket in the Nov. 7 Municipal Election.

Morgan’s name is appearing on the Democratic ballot as she won sufficient write-in votes in the primary to obtain a listing there.

Residents may vote for only two of the three candidates for board of commissioners.

Pro-life club settlement announced by board

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s School Board has approved a settlement agreement resolving a dispute which arose last spring when students wanted to establish a pro-life club at the high school.

In June, Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the club’s application raised some concerns the high school administration found objectionable.

At that time, Solicitor Steven Miller said the district has certain parameters to be met by every club.

If the group would make revisions to be compliant with the district’s club policy, the application would be approved, Miller said at the time.

$35 million needed for new school

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports the cost of the new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township is projected to be $34,995,953.

The amount includes construction costs, on-and off-site costs, and soft costs.

The total could change when bids are received in early 2018.

The building will be constructed on an 18-acre parcel of land donated by David and Jackie Jaindl along Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.

Fresh food coming to Dorney

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Visitors to Dorney Park will have some new food options and an improved venue for dining next season at the Tidal Wave Cafe.

The project will get underway soon on the main midway between the water park and the traditional section of amusement rides and other attractions.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Mike Fehnel, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park, spoke about the venture.

“We’re going to make fresh foods,” Fehnel said. “We’ll have rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded shrimp and a macaroni and cheese bar.”

Pastor Moore to be honored at Union Lutheran Church

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Rev. Dennis W. Moore will be recognized as pastor emeritus of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, during the 9 a.m. Oct. 29 worship service.

The event will be a celebration of Moore’s 20 years of service to the church, as well as a special occasion commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Interim pastor, the Rev. Mark Swanson, will officiate at the service and Moore will preach the sermon. A huge chocolate party celebration will follow.

Hockey thrives in Vistas Park

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Andrew Schantz, representing the South Parkland Youth Association, thanked South Whitehall commissioners for their support of the field hockey program.

Schantz noted the field at Vistas Park, near St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, is designated for field hockey.

“The program has grown to over 100 girls, and many coaches are involved,” Schantz said.

At a recent meeting, commissioners approved installation of an 8-foot by 10-foot vinyl storage shed for hockey equipment at the park.

Board OKs Project Lifesaver

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently authorized the township police department to participate in the Project Lifesaver program and to take actions necessary for its implementation.

Project Lifesaver is a nonprofit, public safety organization that uses technology and wristband transmitters to locate wandering children or adults.

Patrol Officer Michelle Geiger commented on Project Lifesaver at the board’s Sept. 20 meeting.

“This is a program designed for patients with cognitive dysfunctions such as autism or Alzheimer’s,” Geiger said.

School district stats released

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With the start of the 2017-18 term, 9,400 students are enrolled in Parkland School District.

Their education is provided through the efforts of 633 professional staff, 655 support personnel and 63 administrators.

In late August, the district provided six days of orientation for new staff.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the purpose for the sessions.

“We set the climate and culture for Parkland for the new school term,” Sniscak said. “This orientation isn’t done in most school districts.”

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: St. John’s UCC, Laurys Station, having craft fair, quilt show

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a craft fair and quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14.

The event features crafters set up in rooms throughout the church and quilts displayed over the pews in the sanctuary.

Refreshments and homemade baked goods will be available, in addition to a Chinese auction and raffle.

The crafts are great for gifts and provide a chance to do some holiday shopping.

The quilts are not only beautiful to look at but also are available for purchase.

Call 610-262-8061 for more information.